The Third Annual Sydney Gran Classic football game took place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Members of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) and Farmhouse fraternities played each other at Lee Scott Academy in what some would call "reliving their glory days of highschool football." However, this game was for a better cause than a recreational full contact football game between fraternity members.
The Sydney Gran Fountation is a family fund that offers support to patients of Children's Hospital of Alabama. Coach Eddie Gran, running back coach for Auburn University, and his wife Rosemary founded the program when their daughter, Sydney, spent time in hospitals due to her rare disease called Holoprosencephaly (HPE). Gran and his wife noticed a need for more support for families that went through similar experiences with children who suffered fatal illnesses.
Sidney passed in May of 2005, but her name and the foundation bring hope to families by helping to eliminate
some of the needs that accumulate when caring for a sick child.
Several members of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity heard about the foundation and came up with a way to raise additional funds. They decided to host a football game against Alpha Tau Omega fraternity in the spring of 2008, with all proceeds to go to the foundation.
Now, three years later, the boys continue to look forward to playing for a cause and the fans look forward to seeing an "Auburn" college game in the spring.
Tyler Dalton, a member of FIJI, helped coordinate and promote the 3rd annual game. All efforts were well worth the time and planning, said Dalton, as he thanked both teams for practicing and participating. Dalton also thanked Coach Eddie Gran and those who came to support them.
FIJI took the trophy this year with a final score of 7 - 3. All who attended showed support for their teams and for the Sydney Gran Foundation